AVA Program Director
Phil’s experience in the Australian Sports system extends over a period of more than 35 years, having been involved as an athlete, coach
and administrator at local, state and national level.He competed nationally and internationally in Volleyball including captaining
the National Team, was the inaugural Head Coach for AIS Men’s Volleyball and coached the Australian Men’s team 1990-96.
Brendan Garlick joins the Australian Volleyball Academy as Men’s Head Coach. Brendan brings a wealth of international coaching experience with him, coaching internationally since 2013. His former roles include head coach from 2017-2018 at Orebro Volley in Sweden, and more recently a role as Head Coach from 2018-2020 with Nordenskov Volley, based in Denmark.
Brendan previously coached at the AVA (formerly the Centre of Excellence) from 2016-2017 and has also been a coach of the Junior Men, Senior Men, and Senior Women’s National programs since 2013.
Brendan is also a qualified civil engineer, graduating from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012.
Myles brings experience coaching at the Junior (AJVC) and Senior (AVL) State Representative level, as well as the Junior National Team as a Head Coach of a Junior Women’s Asian Volleyball Championship Touring Team.
Internationally he spent two years working within a highly successful Division I NCAA Volleyball Program at the University of Hawaii. As well as Head Coach roles, for the Florida and Aloha Regions at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
He has a strong background and understands the importance of physical conditioning for athletes. Having completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Movement Science and also is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Marty Collins is the Women's Volleyroos Head Coach along with his role with the coaching at the AVA. Marty has been coaching internationally since 2010 after competing in the 2009 World University Games. Coaching across both disciplines and genders in Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia in addition to Australian National Teams has given him a wide range of experiences. Marty also a qualified teacher who holds an applied science degree, enjoys working across both development and senior programs at the same time.
National Strength & Conditioning Lead
Anne Meijnderts is the Lead Strength & Conditioning coach for Volleyball Australia’s Pathways program. She is an S&C expert with a background in volleyball coaching and uses this background to maximise transfer between any work done in the S&C area and the relevant on-court skills. Anne believes that volleyball is a sport of coordination, and a an effective S&C program will set the foundations that will ensure mechanically efficient volleyball actions. Anne’s specialty is improving jump-landing mechanics and spiking mechanics. Anne has a strong analytical skillset due to her scientific background, having graduated with a Master of Arts with honours at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands).
Dr Anna Topping
Sophie is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and an Accredited Sports Dietitian. Sophie has worked extensively in sports nutrition during her career including international athletes in the sports of Cross Country Skiing, Athletics and Volleyball. She is also an athlete herself having represented Australia in the Heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Dr Guy Little
AIS Mental Health Referral Network